The Centrec team is comprised of experienced professionals with a wide range of backgrounds including: finance and accounting, business administration, systems design, agricultural production, marketing, education, economic research and analysis, market research, and computer programming. While a solid expertise base is essential, that is only one element of success in a rapidly changing world. Centrec has adopted a dynamic approach to meeting the needs of their clients. Their strategy encompasses several activities. First, they continually grow their human capital through ongoing professional development and expansion of our network of associates with particular backgrounds. Building upon a current and relevant knowledge base, Centrec's staff collaborates by bringing their respective strengths and insight to each project to create the greatest value for their clients. Given the amount of information in today's world, Centrec's team approach to creating the most client value is first to turn data into knowledge. Their strength is to work closely with their clients through active engagement to generate wisdom from the knowledge and to encourage and facilitate strategic thinking. This is possible due to the distinctive skill set and background of the Centrec staff.
is the Managing Director of Centrec and the longest tenured member of the team. He has managed both domestic and international consulting projects in all four of Centrec's service areas. Steve has worked extensively in projects involving strategy development, operational analysis, business systems design and development, ag finance, and family business management. Currently he spends the majority of his consulting time working with a small number of large commercial ag producers and regional agribusiness firms across the country, leading Centrec's role to support the management teams of these organizations. He has conducted hundreds of ag credit training programs for thousands of lenders across the United States, and is a sought-after speaker on management and finance topics. Steve served as the Chair of the Technical Committee for the Farm Financial Standards Council for 18 years, and has been on the faculty of the TEPAP program since its inception. He received a BS in Ag Science and an MBA from the University of Illinois, and worked with an international consulting firm for five years before starting Centrec in 1983.
is a Director at Centrec and has been with the firm since 1985. In that time, he has managed and worked on hundreds of projects for a broad range of public, private, and not-for-profit entities at local, state and national levels. Chris is known for his pragmatic problem-solving skills and the ability to break down and communicate complex concepts and ideas effectively. He is skilled at using system dynamics, dynamic modeling, data visualization dashboards, and group facilitation methods to bring clarity to client's challenges. Chris has been able to apply these skills to a wide range of project types including organizational strategy, grain quality assessment, supply chain analysis, research project management, sustainable development, biofuel feedstock supply chains, and educational program development. Chris earned a BS in Agricultural Sciences from Western Illinois University, and an MS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois.
is a Director at Centrec and has been with the firm since 1991. Todd leads projects focusing on credit analysis software development, finance/credit/software training, decision support systems, and strategy. He has a passion for developing sophisticated analytical models that provide the framework for the numerous operating, investing, and financing decisions faced by Centrec's large agricultural production and international agribusiness clients. This passion reflects Todd's ability to simplify complex concepts to provide clarity to complicated multi-faceted decisions. Todd's Excel, quantitative and financial expertise has enabled him to model entire ag production systems, create elegant data visualization tools, and conduct complex statistical analysis, market research, and cost-benefit assessment. He is an experienced and engaging educator, having taught thousands of ag finance professionals on the topics of credit and financial analysis and use of credit analysis software. Todd earned a BS and an MS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois. Since 2010, Todd has been a Visiting Teaching Associate where he teaches a 300-level course at the University of Illinois focused on developing spreadsheet applications and models. He is also a Farm Financial Standard Council board member, currently serving on the Technical Committee.
is a Director with Centrec and has been with the firm since 2001. Don's consulting experience includes financial and management services, accounting and management information systems design and implementation, business organization development and transition, litigation support and client advocacy. He has served as the principal financial instructor for the NPPC Production and Financial Standards initiative (integrating financial and managerial accounting). Don is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Agricultural Consultant - Independent. Prior to assuming his responsibilities with Centrec, Don served as a national consulting manager in agribusiness and operated a management consulting firm serving agricultural producers and small businesses. Don received his BA and MBA from Michigan State University.
Dr. Michael D. Boehlje
is a Senior Associate with Centrec and a Distinguished Professor in the Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue University. His work is focused on strategy, risk management and finance for farm and agribusiness firms. Mike teaches in workshops/seminars for ag lenders on the topics of the long-term future of the agricultural industry, changes in the farming sector and the competitive landscape of the lending environment, as well as financial and credit analysis for the modern farming business. He has also been instrumental in developing risk assessment and management tools and templates. Mike teaches in the Texas A&M AAPEX and TEPAP programs, the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking and other workshops and seminars in the United State and around the world, such as the Harvard-sponsored European Food and Agribusiness Seminar. At Purdue, he teaches graduate courses in finance and strategy, conducts research on innovation, risk analysis and structural change and teaches in executive education programs on the topics of strategy, finance and the long-term future of agriculture. Mike received a BS degree from Iowa State and MS and PhD degrees from Purdue. He is also involved in farming businesses in Iowa and Indiana.
is a Senior Associate with Centrec. Bob has worked in a wide variety of projects for Centrec including strategy development, market research and analysis, and educational program development. His main practice areas draw upon his background in production agriculture and the grain industry. He has worked extensively in the area of grain quality in both corn and soybeans looking at how quality impacts end-use value. Bob's technical skills include expertise in simulation model design and development—primarily used for financial analysis and strategic decision making. He is actively involved with his family's 4,000 acre grain operation in northern Illinois.
Dr. Sharon Bard
is a Manager with Centrec, brings to the firm a background in economic analysis, agricultural finance, risk assessment and management, market research, cost-benefit analysis, and supply chain analysis. Sharon has worked on agricultural industry projects ranging from agricultural production to food retail businesses, with a focus in recent years on biofuels, soybean trait innovation, and soybean and corn quality. In addition, she has assessed the economic benefits of several weather-related services and products. Sharon utilizes numerous qualitative and quantitative methodologies in conducting her research, including econometric analysis, mathematical modeling, personal interviews, focus groups and surveys. Sharon is driven by the desire to turn raw data into meaningful knowledge and to provide economic insight to entities impacted by complex economic systems. Sharon's passion and insight are transferred to Centrec’s clients through her effective writing and communication skills. Sharon holds a BS in animal science and an MS and a PhD in agricultural economics. Sharon grew up on a ranch in Arizona and currently lives on a cash grain farm in central Illinois.
is a Consultant with Centrec and works in the areas of economic analysis, financial management, managerial accounting, and computer modeling. Bob specializes in animal agriculture, drawing upon 30 years as the Chief Operating Officer of an integrated pork/crop operation in central Illinois. As a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones, Bob helped individuals and families turn their life goals into personal financial plans. Bob holds a BS in agricultural economics and an MBA from the University of Illinois.
is a Senior Consultant with Centrec and has been with the firm since 2008. He is involved in a variety of activities including the design and development of simulation models, economic and financial analysis, and industry and market research. Micah manages strategic intelligence for Centrec, transforming data and communicating relevant information. He is responsible for industry assessments across the entire value chain of the plant and animal industries. He received a BS degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois and his MS degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. Micah grew up on a farm in western Illinois.
is a System Programmer with Centrec and has been involved with the firm since 1999. Bob's experience covers all phases of software, including mission critical application development for Fortune 500 companies. For the past several years, Bob has been involved in the design and development of financial analysis and modeling software, mathematical algorithms, and relational databases. As a result, he has extensive experience in the design and implementation of complex systems. Bob's skill set includes C++, C#, Visual Basic, ASP.NET, SQL and engineering math. He received his BS and MS in EE/Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois.
is a Consultant at Centrec and has been with the firm since 2012. His skill set includes financial analysis, agricultural finance, and market research. He earned a BS in Financial Economics from Centre College and a MBA from Indiana University Southeast. Lee has also passed the first two exams of the Charted Financial Analyst curriculum, and has experience as a grain merchandiser in Southern Indiana and Illinois.
is a Business Analyst at Centrec and has been with the firm since 2013. She has been involved in reporting, C# and ASP.NET development. Her skill set includes SQL, Java, C#, C, C++, Java Script, Perl, HTML, Unix Shell Scripting, and Crystal Reports. She is certified in Apache-CGI Web Programming and has Bachelors from Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, India.
Pat Herron and Dee Ann Hoffman
Lisa Eckel and Beth Curtis
Dr. Michael D. Boehlje
Dr. Sharon Bard